Adaptive Technology Disability Programs and Resource Center

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Workstation Standards for Windows Machines

The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) in collaboration with the Division of Information Technology (DOIT) and representatives from other key areas on campus have determined SFSU specific workstation standards for all computing facilities on campus. This determination is an activity of the Information Access Subcommittee of the All University Committee on Students, Faculty, and Staff with Disabilities which is charged with guiding the campus in providing equal access to all program activities at SFSU per Academic Senate Policy F95-24. This document is subject to change pending advances in technology and/or modification to established principles for disability access.

These standards are broken down into three levels of access. The first level is entitled "Baseline" and is the standard for all computing facilities on campus, even those not currently offering specialized hardware/software. This ensures that such facilities have the necessary physical and electronic infrastructure to respond to the needs of a potential wheelchair user and/or a request from a user to install adaptive software.

The second level is entitled "Accessible" and is the standard for providing essential access to adaptive software/hardware for a range of users with disabilities. The third level is entitled "Enhanced Accessible" and is the standard for providing access to adaptive software/hardware for a broader range of users with disabilities in larger facilities on campus.

 

Baseline Standard for Any Computing Facility on Campus (even those without specialized hardware/software)

Hardware/Software Configuration

  • System requirements for Windows: minimum of 1.6 Ghz processing speed, 1 GB RAM and a 40 GB hard drive
  • User access to screen resolution adjustment; disable all desktop settings in the operating system while enabling the correct permissions and policies on the video card's control panel
  • Non-integrated/replaceable sound card (laptops excluded)
  • Ability for user to define key repeat delay and other accessibility features

Workstation Furniture Placement and Design

  • Locate with a minimum 36" for side aisles and 44" for main aisles
  • Determine paths of travel that allow for a wheelchair user to turn around. A minimum of 60" diameter inside entrance/reception area of facility and a 60" by 60" T-shaped space off of an aisle within a facility for a pivoting 180-degree turn of a wheelchair is required, (i.e., the intersection of two 36" minimally wide aisles.)
  • Provide a minimum of 30" by 48" footprint of clear floor space at all workstations connected to the aisle
  • Work surface height of 28" - 31" from the finished floor
  • Minimum knee clearance of 27" high, 30" wide, and 19" deep
  • Maximum high forward reach of 48"
  • Minimum low forward reach of 15"
  • Make available a standard portable foot rest

Accessible Standard for Workstations (1:20 ratio*)

Hardware/Software Configuration

All baseline standards (for best results, current system requirements include a minimum of 1.6 Ghz processing speed, 1 GB RAM and a 40 GB hard drive) with the addition of the following

  • Screen reader software for Windows: JAWS and/or WindowEyes
  • Screen magnification software for Windows: Zoomtext
  • Minimum 19.0" viewable area for flat panel monitors

Note: The new Intel Macs are capable of running Windows using Boot Camp. This is acceptable for adaptive software, as long as assistance is provided to students in switching from OS X to Windows

Workstation Furniture Placement and Design

All baseline standards with the addition of the following

  • Manually height adjustable work surface/keyboard tray using a maximum force of 5 pounds.

Enhanced Accessible Standard for Workstations (1:100 ratio**)

Hardware/Software Configuration

All baseline and accessible standards with the addition of the following:

  • CCTV (Closed Circuit Television)
  • Braille Embosser and Braille translation software for Windows: Duxbury
  • Voice Recognition software (space defined) for Windows: DRAGON Naturally Speaking
  • Scanner with document feeder combined with scan and read software for Windows: OpenBook

Workstation Furniture Placement and Design

All baseline and accessible standards with the addition of the following

  • Electrically-powered height-adjustable work surface/keyboard tray.

* One workstation out of every 20 needs to meet the accessible standard. Example one: If a computing facility has a total of 15 workstations, then one of the 15 needs to meet the minimum accessible standard. Example two: If a computing facility has a total of 25 work stations, then two of the 25 need to meet the minimum accessibility standards.

** In facilities with 100+ workstations, one out of every 100 needs to meet the enhanced accessible standard. This is in addition to the standard of 1:20 listed above.

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